QB streaming advice in 1-QB and 2-QB leagues for Week 8 of the 2017 fantasy football season.
Week 7 QB Streaming Recap
And so the injury bug continues to spread. This week, Jay Cutler suffered broken ribs, and Carson Palmer, a broken arm, removing them from the streaming pool for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the Cardinals, Colts, and Broncos were all shut out. All while the 49ers and Browns continue to look for their first victory on the season.
As for our Week 7 streamers, Josh McCown out-performed last week’s season-best fantasy performance, and Tyrod Taylor followed suit with his best fantasy day thus far, leading his team to a 30-27 win over the Buccaneers. Three of my four Week 7 picks produced top-15 fantasy results, while Brett Hundley showed some promise with his legs, and will get value out of his bye week.
|Status||QB||FanDuel Points||QB Rank|
|1QB Option 1||Tyrod Taylor||20||10|
|1QB Option 2||Jared Goff||19.7||12|
|2QB Option 1||Josh McCown||25.5||6|
|2QB Option 2||Brett Hundley||12.9||19|
With six more teams on bye this week, and another six positioned to start their backup quarterback, streamers are in demand and can be invaluable to leading your franchise to a Week 8 victory.
Game Level Similarity Projections are taken from Dave Caban’s model. The Player Projection Distributions are taken from the site’s GLSP app. These are great sources to cross check for the range of likely QB outcomes.
QB STREAMING ADVICE FOR WEEK 8
1QB Option 1: Andy Dalton vs. Colts
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 17.7
FanDuel Salary: $7,600
Though it wasn’t always pretty (constant pressure and four sacks), Andy Dalton fared better than one would expect in Week 7, given his 3-10 record against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. With 140 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions on the day, Dalton is poised to bounce back as the Bengals return home to play the Indianapolis Colts. Throughout the season, Dalton has been pretty matchup-sensitive, taking full advantage of bad defenses – as he demonstrated with four TDs against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Expect similar results this week, as the Bengals face arguably the worst pass defense in the league. The Colts are allowing the third-most passing yards per game and are one of two teams that’s allowed over 300 pass yards in every game.1
In his three-game stretch before the bye week, Dalton was a top-10 fantasy QB in total points (averaging 20 per game). Don’t let his subpar performance against a Steelers defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks be the start/sit factor. Indianapolis has become the team you stream opposing QBs against, and the strategy should continue with Dalton.
1QB Option 2: Tyrod Taylor vs. Raiders
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 18.6
FanDuel Salary: $7,600
I’m continuing to ride the Tyrod Train until further notice. Against Tampa Bay this past Sunday, Taylor delivered his best fantasy performance of the year with two TDs and 53 rushing yards off six carries – his fifth game with six-plus carries this season. Yes, Taylor still doesn’t have the weapons to make him a weekly streamer. But he did see the return of Jordan Matthews this week in addition to the emergence of former Florida Gator Deonte Thompson, who had 107 yards on four catches in Week 7. Taylor’s floor remains high due to his rushing ability and lack of turnovers, especially as the matchups continue to point in his favor.
This week against the Oakland Raiders is no different. The Raiders have allowed 10 passing TDs and forced zero INTs so far this season. Add the fact that Taylor has put up 20-plus fantasy points in each of his three home games, and you’ve got all the pieces in place for a viable streaming option.
2QB Option 1: Josh McCown vs. Falcons
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 14.8
FanDuel Salary: $7,300
I don’t like to recommend a streaming option two weeks straight, and I certainly don’t like doing it with two QBs (including Taylor), but Josh McCown is providing too much fantasy production to pass up. McCown has topped 20 fantasy points and held the QB6 position in each of his last two games, with three top-15 fantasy games in his last three outings. Even in the Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins, McCown had four TDs (three passing, one rushing), making it his third consecutive multi-TD week.
In a week with an abundance of byes and injuries, McCown is a streamer’s savior. Though his matchup against the Atlanta Falcons isn’t ideal, only one QB has failed to put up at least 14 fantasy points (and that quarterback was Mike Glennon). McCown has proven to have real rapport with Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and signs point to that improving as the weeks go on. In 2QB leagues, McCown is a welcomed option in Week 8.
2QB Option 2: Matt Moore vs. Ravens
Game-Level Similarity Projection: 10.6
FanDuel Salary: $6,000
When Jay Cutler was forced to exit Sunday’s game with a rib injury and 12:55 left in the third quarter, Matt Moore took the reins and led the Dolphins to a comeback division win, erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Jets 31-28. Moore outscored New York 17-7 in the fourth quarter, throwing for 188 yards, two TDs and one INT. His 17 fantasy points in under two quarters is more than Cutler had produced in any full game this season.
In his first start of the season, Moore has a short week, on the road, in Baltimore, against a defense that has only allowed more than 200 passing yards twice (and both under 250 yards). There are a couple things working in Moore’s favor. For starters, this is not his first time leading this Dolphins team. He took over for Ryan Tannehill after he suffered an ACL injury in Week 14 last season. This team trusts Moore and is willing to rally behind him, as shown in the second half of Sunday’s win. His energy and gunslinger mentality equate to big upside for fantasy streamers.
Also, while Baltimore has a good defense, their offense is nonexistent. Ranked 29th in the NFL, the Ravens went nine straight quarters and an overtime period without an offensive touchdown, finally breaking the streak in the final play of last Sunday’s game. Without an offense to speak of, expect the Ravens defense to wear down. Meanwhile, Moore starts Thursday Night Football with a chip on his shoulder, having been passed up as the Dolphins starter early in the season. It’s not an ideal matchup, but Moore makes for a high upside start in 2QB leagues.
- The Patriots ended their streak this past week. (back)